Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We travelled by bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh. The countryside after crossing the border is beautiful--green rice paddies lined with coconuts, mango and banana orchards, canals and rivers and houses built on stilts to protect them from the yearly flooding. We stayed in Phnom Penh for two days. The riverside with the Royal Palace and its many temples is beautiful, especially in the evening. The city is big and busy, but not as chaotic as Saigon. We did a walking tour of several temples, monuments and markets and visited the Tuol Sleng Museum, a former security prison and torture center under Pol Pot's regime.

Viajamos por autobus de Saigon a Phnom Penh y estuvimos ahi por dos dias. Pasando la frontera encontramos campos de arroz, mangos, cocos y platanos. Las casas estan levantadas por lo menos dos metros arriba del suelo para evitar inundaciones. Esta ciudad es un poco mas relajada que Saigon. Tiene muy bonitos paisajes, museos, templos y monumentos. Visitamos el museo de Tuol Sleng que antiguamente fue una prison de tortura durate el regimen de Pol Pot.

Riverside park
The Royal Palace

Independence Monument

View of Phnom Penh from the roof deck of a shopping mall.

The Cambodia sytle tuk-tuk

The Royal Palace Compound. This is one of several temples on the beautifully landscaped grounds.
More temples at the Royal Palace

The Independence Monument at night

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